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Fall Academic Term 2002 Course Guide

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Courses in Physics


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Fall Academic Term, 2002 (September 3 - December 20)


PHYSICS 103. The Physical Universe: Relativity and Quanta.

Section 001.

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites & Distribution: High School geometry, trigonometry, and algebra. (1). (NS). (BS).

Mini/Short course

Credits: (1).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

No Description Provided. Contact the Department.

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PHYSICS 104. The Physical Universe: What Einstein Never Knew.

Section 001.

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites & Distribution: PHYSICS 103. (1). (NS). (BS).

Mini/Short course

Credits: (1).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

No Description Provided. Contact the Department.

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PHYSICS 106. Everyday Physics.

Section 001, 002.

Instructor(s): Samuel Moukouri (moukouri@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: It is recommended that School of Education students take PHYSICS 420. (3). (NS). (BS). Laboratory fee ($25) required.

Credits: (3).

Lab Fee: Laboratory fee ($25) required.

Course Homepage: http://www.physics.lsa.umich.edu/106/

This course examines everyday phenomena and current technology in terms of physical concepts and laws. The subjects examined are wide ranging, and the discussion focuses on discovering common underlying themes. Examples of topics covered include: lasers, tornadoes, rainbows, computers, and satellites. This course emphasizes concepts rather than mathematical models. Grades are based on homework and exams. Curiosity is the major prerequisite.

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PHYSICS 106. Everyday Physics.

Section 003, 004.

Instructor(s): Brad Orr (orr@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: It is recommended that School of Education students take PHYSICS 420. (3). (NS). (BS). Laboratory fee ($25) required.

Credits: (3).

Lab Fee: Laboratory fee ($25) required.

Course Homepage: http://www.physics.lsa.umich.edu/106/

This course examines everyday phenomena and current technology in terms of physical concepts and laws. The subjects examined are wide ranging, and the discussion focuses on discovering common underlying themes. Examples of topics covered include: lasers, tornadoes, rainbows, computers, and satellites. This course emphasizes concepts rather than mathematical models. Grades are based on homework and exams. Curiosity is the major prerequisite.

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PHYSICS 107. 20th Century Concepts of Space, Time, and Matter.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Fred Adams (fca@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: High school algebra and geometry. (3). (NS). (BS). (QR/1).

Full QR

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

This course is intended for non-science concentrators who would like to learn about the two major revolutions that have both transformed twentieth-century physics and profoundly altered our perception of space, time, and matter; the special and general theories of relativity and quantum mechanics. No mathematical background beyond the high-school level is assumed.

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PHYSICS 111. The Evolution of Scientific Thought.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Paul R Berman (pberman@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: High school algebra and trigonometry. Only first-year students, including those with sophomore standing, may pre-register for First-Year Seminars. All others need permission of instructor. (3). (NS). (BS). (QR/2).

Half QR First-year seminar

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: http://www-personal.umich.edu/~pberman/111main.html

This First-Year Seminar will trace the evolution of scientific thought from antiquity to the early 20th century. The course will cover topics in all the sciences from antiquity to the beginning of the 20th century. Among topics to be covered in ancient science include astronomy, theories of motion, medicine, and mathematics. We will then move to the middle ages with a detailed study of the events leading to and following the Copernican theory of planetary motion. There will also be an extensive discussion of theories of motion, culminating with the work of Galileo, Huygens, and Newton. Selected topics in 18th-20th century science will be developed as time permits. The emergence of consistent theories of electricity and magnetism will be traced, as will progress in optics. This will set the stage for a discussion of Maxwell's equations and the Special Theory of Relativity. We will then return to developments in 18th-19th century chemistry (Priestly, Lavoisier, Dalton) and see how they eventually paved the way for the quantum theory.

Course requirements: There will be one in-class exam, a final exam, and a few homework assignments, but a significant part of a student's grade will be based on a term paper. Students will be required to access original sources and write an original paper on some topic in the evolution of scientific thought. This is a course that will stress quantitative and logical reasoning, rather than memorization of names and places. A sample selection of required texts is:

  1. Greek Science in Antiquity by M. Clagett,
  2. The Scientific Renaissance by M. Boas,
  3. Sleepwalkers by A. Koestler and
  4. Evolution of Physics by A. Einstein and L. Infeld.

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PHYSICS 112. Cosmology: The Science of the Universe.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Gregory Tarlé (gtarle@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Although no science prerequisites are required, exposure to physics at high school level would be helpful. Only first-year students, including those with sophomore standing, may pre-register for First-Year Seminars. All others need permission of instructor. (3). (NS). (BS).

First-Year Seminar

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

The majority of even college educated adults have only a modest understanding of our place in the universe at large. Most would be hard pressed to answer correctly such questions as: What else is there in the universe besides stars? Why do we think there was a big bang? How big is a galaxy and how might they have formed? This course will provide answers to such questions, stressing conceptual understanding and simple calculational problem solving. The format will be varied and informal. In addition to regular seminar attendance, students will likely be asked to perform small experiments and present at least one oral presentation. Essays and other written work will play a large role in the grade. Although no science prerequisites are required, exposure to physics at the high school level would be helpful.

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PHYSICS 125. General Physics: Mechanics and Sound.

Section 001, 002.

Instructor(s): Roberto Merlin (merlin@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Two and one-half years of high school mathematics, including trigonometry. PHYSICS 125 and 127 are normally elected concurrently. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in PHYSICS 140, 145, or 160. (4). (NS). (BS). (QR/1).

Full QR

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: http://www.physics.lsa.umich.edu/p125/

PHYSICS 125 and 126 constitute a two-term sequence offered primarily for students concentrating in the natural sciences, architecture, pharmacy, or natural resources; and for preprofessional students preparing for medicine, dentistry, or related health sciences. PHYSICS 125 and 126 are an appropriate sequence for any student wanting a quantitative introduction to the basic principles of physics but without the mathematical sophistication of PHYSICS 140 and 240 (or PHYSICS 160 and 260). Strong emphasis is placed on problem solving, and skills in elementary algebra and trigonometry are assumed. While a high school level background in physics is not assumed, it is helpful. PHYSICS 125 and 126 are not available by the Keller plan.

PHYSICS 125 covers classical mechanics (laws of motion, force, energy, and power) and mechanical wave motion (including sound waves). The final course grade is based on three one-hour evening examinations, class performance, and a final examination. PHYSICS 127 should be taken concurrently.

It Is Strongly Recommended That Students Elect One Section of PHYSICS 127 Lab Concurrently With PHYSICS 125.

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PHYSICS 126. General Physics: Electricity and Light.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): David Gerdes (gerdes@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: PHYSICS 125. PHYSICS 126 and 128 are normally elected concurrently. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in PHYSICS 240 or 260. (4). (NS). (BS). (QR/1).

Full QR

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: http://instructor.physics.lsa.umich.edu/fall2002/126/

See PHYSICS 125 for a general description of this introductory sequence of courses.

PHYSICS 126 is a continuation of PHYSICS 125; it covers electricity and magnetism, the nature of light, and briefly introduces atomic and nuclear phenomena. The final course grade is based on three one-hour evening examinations, class performance, and a final examination. PHYSICS 128 should be taken concurrently.

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PHYSICS 127. Mechanics and Sound Lab.

FINAL EXAM FOR ALL LABS WILL BE HELD THUR, DEC 6, 6-8 PM, LOCATION TBA.

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites & Distribution: Concurrent election with PHYSICS 125 is strongly recommended. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in PHYSICS 141. (1). (NS). (BS). Laboratory fee ($25) required.

Credits: (1).

Lab Fee: Laboratory fee ($25) required.

Course Homepage: http://www.physics.lsa.umich.edu/ip-labs/default.htm

PHYSICS 127 is a laboratory course intended to accompany PHYSICS 125 and provide a perspective on physics as an experimental science. Macintosh computers are used for data acquisition and analysis. Evaluation is based on participation and performance in the laboratory classes, and on written laboratory reports and quizzes.

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PHYSICS 128. Electricity and Light Lab.

FINAL EXAM FOR ALL LABS WILL BE HELD THUR, DEC 6, 6-8 PM, LOCATION TBA.

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites & Distribution: Concurrent election with PHYSICS 126 is strongly recommended. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in PHYSICS 241. (1). (NS). (BS). Laboratory fee ($25) required.

Credits: (1).

Lab Fee: Laboratory fee ($25) required.

Course Homepage: http://www.physics.lsa.umich.edu/ip-labs/default.htm

PHYSICS 128 is a laboratory course intended to accompany PHYSICS 126 and provide a perspective on physics as an experimental science. Evaluation is based on participation and performance in the laboratory classes, and on written laboratory reports and quizzes.

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PHYSICS 140. General Physics I.

Section 001, 002, 003.

Instructor(s): August Evrard (evrard@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: MATH 115. PHYSICS 140 and 141 are normally elected concurrently. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in PHYSICS 125, 145, or 160. (4). (NS). (BS). (QR/1).

Full QR

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: http://instructor.physics.lsa.umich.edu/fall2002/140/

PHYSICS 140, 240, and 340 constitute a three-term sequence which examines concepts in physics fundamental to the physical sciences and engineering. This introductory sequence uses calculus, and, while it is possible to elect PHYSICS 140 and MATH 115 concurrently, some students will find it more helpful to have started one of the regular mathematics sequences before electing PHYSICS 140. The introductory sequence is primarily designed to develop a skill: the skill to solve simple problems by means of mathematics. Developing this skill requires daily practice and a sense for the meaning of statements and formulas, as well as awareness of when one understands a statement, proof, or problem solution and when one does not. Thus one learns to know what one knows in a disciplined way.

Covers topics from classical mechanics including vectors, motion in one dimension, circular motion, projectile motion, relative velocity and acceleration, Newton's laws, particle dynamics, work and energy, linear momentum, torque, angular momentum of a particle, simple harmonic motion, gravitation, planetary motion, pressure and density of fluids, and Archimedes' principle. Evaluation is based on performance on three evening examinations (see Time Schedule for dates and times) and a final examination.

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PHYSICS 140. General Physics I.

Section 035, 036 KELLER PLAN, SELF-PACED, INDIVIDUAL INSTRUCTION.

Instructor(s): Michael J Longo (mlongo@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: MATH 115. PHYSICS 140 and 141 are normally elected concurrently. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in PHYSICS 125, 145, or 160. (4). (NS). (BS). (QR/1).

Full QR

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: http://courses.physics.lsa.umich.edu/phys140k/

KELLER PLAN, SELF-PACED, INDIVIDUAL INSTRUCTION. NO LECTURES. STUDENTS SHOULD ELECT ONE SECT OF PHYS 141 CONCURRENT.

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PHYSICS 141. Elementary Laboratory I.

FINAL EXAMS FOR ALL LABS WILL BE HELD THURS. DEC. 6, 6-8 PM LOCATION TBA

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites & Distribution: Concurrent election with PHYSICS 140, 160, or 145 is strongly recommended. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in PHYSICS 127. (1). (NS). (BS). Laboratory fee ($25) required.

Credits: (1).

Lab Fee: Laboratory fee ($25) required.

Course Homepage: http://www.physics.lsa.umich.edu/ip-labs/default.htm

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PHYSICS 160. Honors Physics I.

Section 001 PHYS 160 IS DESIGNED FOR HONORS, PHYS MAJORS & QUALIFIED SCIENCE OR ENGIN MAJORS. STUDENTS NEED TO KNOW CALCULUS PLUS A BACKGROUND IN HIGH SCHOOL PHYS. STUDENTS SHOULD ELECT ONE SECT OF PHYS 141.

Instructor(s): Timothy McKay (tamckay@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: MATH 115. Students should elect PHYSICS 141 concurrently. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in PHYSICS 125, 140, or 145. (4). (NS). (BS). (QR/1).

Full QR

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: http://instructor.physics.lsa.umich.edu/fall2002/160/

PHYSICS 160 Is Designed For Honors Students, Physics Majors, and Other Qualified Science Or Engineering Majors. Students must Elect One Section of PHYSICS 141. Students Are Expected To Know Calculus and Have a Background In High School Physics.

PHYSICS 160 is a rigorous introduction to particle mechanics and the motion of extended objects. Particular topics include vectors, one- and two dimensional motion, conservation of laws, linear and rotational dynamics, gravitation, fluid mechanics, and thermodynamics. Students should also elect a PHYSICS 141 laboratory.

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PHYSICS 240. General Physics II.

Section 001, 002, 003.

Instructor(s): Myron Campbell (myron@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: PHYSICS 140, 145 or 160; and MATH 116. PHYSICS 240 and 241 are normally elected concurrently. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in PHYSICS 126 or 260. (4). (NS). (BS). (QR/1).

Full QR

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: http://hep.physics.lsa.umich.edu/p240/

See PHYSICS 140 for a general description of the introductory physics sequence.

The topics covered in PHYSICS 240 include classical electromagnetism: charge, Coulomb's Law, electric fields, Gauss' Law, electric potential, capacitors and dielectrics, current and resistance, electromotive force and circuits, magnetic fields, Biot-Savart Law, Ampere's Law, and Faraday's Law of induction.

There will be three evening examinations (see Time Schedule for dates and times) and a final examination.

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PHYSICS 241. Elementary Laboratory II.

FINAL EXAM FOR ALL LABS WILL BE HELD THUR, DEC 6, 6-8 PM, LOCATION TBA.

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites & Distribution: Concurrent election with PHYSICS 240 or 260 is strongly recommended. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in PHYSICS 128. (1). (NS). (BS). Laboratory fee ($25) required.

Credits: (1).

Lab Fee: Laboratory fee ($25) required.

Course Homepage: http://www.physics.lsa.umich.edu/ip-labs/default.htm

PHYSICS 241 is a laboratory course intended to accompany PHYSICS 240 and provide a perspective on physics as an experimental science. Evaluation is based on participation and performance in the laboratory classes, and on written laboratory reports and quizzes.

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PHYSICS 260. Honors Physics II.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Meigan Aronson (maronson@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: PHYSICS 140, 145, or 160; and MATH 116. Students should elect PHYSICS 241 concurrently. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in PHYSICS 240. (4). (NS). (BS). (QR/1).

Full QR

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: http://www.physics.lsa.umich.edu/p260/

PHYSICS 260 is Designed for Honors Students, Physics Majors Or Other Qualified Science Or Engineering Majors.

PHYSICS 260 is a rigorous introduction to the theory of electromagnetic phenomena, involving a great deal of student participation. Topics include electric and magnetic fields and potentials, DC and AC circuits, inductance, and Maxwell's equations. Students should elect PHYSICS 241 laboratory.

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PHYSICS 264 / CDB 264 / UC 264 / PSYCH 241. Introduction to Sensory Systems: Sound, Hearing, and Deafness.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Kate Barald (kfbarald@umich.edu), John Middlebrooks (jmidd@umich.edu), Karl Grosh (grosh@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: (4). (NS). (BS).

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: http://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2002/fall/engr/195/056.nsf

See University Courses 264.001.

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PHYSICS 281. Physics and National Science Policy.

Section 001 Meets with Physics 481.001.

Instructor(s): Homer Neal (haneal@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Junior standing; introductory physics courses preferred. (3). (Excl).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: http://www.physics.lsa.umich.edu/p481/nspolicy.htm

This course (1) addresses some of the contemporary issues affecting the environment in which physics education and research take place, and (2) reviews some of the major technical and policy challenges facing science as it attempts to meet the needs of society. Specific topics to be covered include funding trends in science and technology, ethics in science, policy issues in information technology, big science vs. little science, global warming, nuclear waste disposal, the state of science education, and the role of universities in homeland security.

Reference list:

  • The Endless Frontier (Vannevar Bush);
  • Science Indicators 2000 (National Science Board)
  • Science Indicators 2002 (National Science Board)
  • Research and Development FY2003 (AAAS)
  • Congressional Hearing on the State of Science (Vernon Ehlers).
  • Undergraduate Science and Engineering Education (Homer A. Neal);
  • Proceedings of the Wiesner Symposium (University of Michigan),

Students at the junior level or above who have an interest in the sciences and public policy. PHYSICS 481 will meet together with PHYSICS 281. Lecture format (with some discussion each week).

Students will write three papers during the course: one on a historic event, one on a current event, and one projecting a future situation. Three exams will be administered during the course of the term.

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PHYSICS 333. Keller Tutor 140.

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites & Distribution: Permission of instructor. (1-3). (Excl). (EXPERIENTIAL).

Credits: (1-3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

Students in this course serve as tutors for PHYSICS 140 Keller sections. One to three credits may be earned while providing tutoring on a one-to-one basis under the supervision of the faculty member. Tutors are expected to spend three clock hours per week for each credit earned. Registration requires instructor approval; application forms are available in the Physics Office of Student Services, 2464 Randall Lab.

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PHYSICS 334. Keller Tutor 240.

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites & Distribution: Permission of instructor. (1-3). (Excl). (EXPERIENTIAL).

Credits: (1-3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

No Description Provided. Contact the Department.

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PHYSICS 340. Waves, Heat, and Light.

Instructor(s): Dan Amidei (amidei@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: PHYSICS 240 or 260, and MATH 215. Concurrent election of PHYSICS 341 is strongly recommended. (3). (Excl). (BS).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: http://hep0.physics.lsa.umich.edu/dan/physics_340.htm

This course will begin by developing the general formalism of vibrations and waves and applying this formalism to understand a variety of physical phenomena. The formalism will include damped and forced oscillators, resonance, coupled oscillators, traveling waves, standing waves, and Fourier analysis. The applications will include sound, EM radiation and light: organ pipes, antenna patterns, and why the sky is blue. Following this we will study the thermal properties of matter and the laws of thermodynamics. The course will conclude with a quantitative examination of the principles of Special Relativity.

LAB: Those planning a physics concentration also should be enrolled in the lab course, PHYSICS 341. The lab is also highly recommended for anyone who would like a "hands-on" understanding of the major topics covered in PHYSICS 340.

MATHEMATICS BACKGROUND: Calculus is required for this course and the official prerequisite is MATH 215. This requirement can be waived by the permission of the instructor if you can demonstrate that you have the necessary background. The best way to know if you do is to see if you can do the Math Review for PHYSICS 340.

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PHYSICS 341. Waves, Heat, and Light Lab.

Instructor(s): Carl Akerlof (akerlof@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: PHYSICS 240 or 260. Concurrent election of PHYSICS 340 is strongly recommended. (2). (Excl). (BS). Laboratory fee ($25) required.

Credits: (2).

Lab Fee: Laboratory fee ($25) required.

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

PHYSICS 341 is a laboratory course intended to accompany PHYSICS 340 and provide a perspective on physics as an experimental science. The experiments performed cover topics that include temperature measurement, black body radiation, optics, interference, diffraction, and the speed of light. Evaluation is based on participation and performance in the laboratory classes, and on written laboratory reports.

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PHYSICS 390. Introduction to Modern Physics.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Jens Zorn (jenszorn@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: PHYSICS 340 and MATH 216. (3). (Excl). (BS).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: http://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2002/fall/physics/390/001.nsf

This course is a quantitative introduction to modern physics and includes a review of special relativity, the relationship of particles and waves, the Schrödinger equation applied to barrier problems, atomic structure and the interpretation of quantum numbers, the exclusion principle and its applications, structure of solids. This course includes a survey of the topics and techniques in several subfields of physics, including Solid State, Atomic, Nuclear, and Particle Physics. The class will meet as a lecture group. Applications of the principles will be considered in the lecture section on a regular basis.

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PHYSICS 401. Intermediate Mechanics.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Rudolf Thun (rthun@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: PHYSICS 126/128 or 240 (or 260)/241, and MATH 216. (3). (Excl). (BS). (QR/1).

Full QR

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

This course is required for physics concentrators. It presents a systematic development of Newtonian mechanics beginning with single particle motion in one dimension and extending through multiparticle systems moving in three dimensions. The conservation laws of energy and linear and angular momentum are emphasized. Lagrangian mechanics is introduced, and Hamiltonian mechanics may be introduced as well. Physical systems treated in detail include the forced damped-oscillator, inverse square forced orbits, harmonic motion in two dimensions, coupled oscillations and rigid body motion in two and three dimensions. Mathematical topics given extensive treatment include vector algebra, elements of vector calculus, ordinary differential equations, plane and spherical polar coordinates and phasors and/or complex numbers. Grades are based on one or two exams and a two-hour final.

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PHYSICS 402. Optics.

Section 001 Meets with Physics 605.001.

Instructor(s): Byron Roe (byronroe@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: PHYSICS 126/128 or 240 (or 260)/241, and MATH 216. A student can receive credit for only one of EECS 334 or PHYSICS 402. (3). (Excl). (BS).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

This course may be included in a concentration in physics. Topics studied cover the phenomena of physical optics, reflection, refraction, interference, diffraction, and polarization interpreted in terms of the wave theory of light. Several topics in modern optics will also be developed.

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PHYSICS 405. Intermediate Electricity and Magnetism.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Keith Riles (keithr@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: PHYSICS 126/128 or 240 (or 260)/241, and MATH 216. Prior or concurrent enrollment in PHYSICS 451. PHYSICS 340 recommended. (3). (Excl). (BS).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: http://tenaya.physics.lsa.umich.edu/~keithr/p405/

This is a second course on the classical theory of electromagnetism. Familiarity with Maxwell's equations at the level of PHYSICS 240 is assumed. PHYSICS 340 is strongly recommended. The course elaborates on the theoretical content of the Maxwell theory as well as practical application. Topics: review of vector analysis; electrostatic boundary value problems; magnetostatics; dielectric and magnetic materials; Maxwell's equations and electrodynamics; the wave equation, electromagnetic waves in free space, waves in conducting and dielectric media; guided waves; electromagnetic radiation; sources of EM radiation.

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PHYSICS 406. Statistical and Thermal Physics.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Mark Newman

Prerequisites & Distribution: PHYSICS 126/128 or 240 (or 260)/241, and MATH 216. (3). (Excl). (BS).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: http://www.physics.lsa.umich.edu/newman/courses/2002/p406

This course provides an introduction to the fundamentals of thermal physics including classical thermodynamics (the three laws, temperature, internal energy, and entropy) and statistical mechanics (microscopic entropy, classical and quantum thermal distributions, ideal gases, Fermi and Bose gases, thermal radiation, electrons in metals, etc.).

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PHYSICS 410. Energy Systems.

Section 001.

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites & Distribution: MATH 216; concentration in physical science or engineering, and senior standing. (4). (Excl).

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

No Description Provided. Contact the Department.

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PHYSICS 413 / CMPLXSYS 541. Introduction to Nonlinear Dynamics and the Physics of Complexity.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Leonard Sander (lsander@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: PHYSICS 401. (3). (Excl). (BS).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: http://www-personal.umich.edu/~lsander/syll413.html

An introduction to non-linear science with an elementary treatment from the point of view of the physics of chaos and fractal growth.

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PHYSICS 415. Special Problems for Undergraduates.

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites & Distribution: Permission of instructor. (1-6). (Excl). (BS). (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for a total of six credits.

Credits: (1-6).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

This course emphasizes experimental or theoretical research under the supervision of a faculty member. Generally a small facet of a large research undertaking is investigated in detail. This is an independent study course, and instructor permission is required. The appropriate form is available in the Physics Student Services Office, 2464 Randall Lab.

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PHYSICS 419 / RCNSCI 419 / NRE 574 / PUBPOL 519. Energy Demand.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Marc H Ross (mhross@umich.edu), Gregory A Keoleian (gregak@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Basic college economics and senior standing. (3). (Excl). May not be included in a concentration plan in physics.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: http://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2002/fall/nre/574/001.nsf

The natural resource impact of any particular human activity can usually be drastically reduced given technological development and institutional change. (This is true for a variety of resources: fuels, forests, clean water, clean air...). This course is about the end use of energy and its efficiency in contrast with a focus on the supply of energy. Thus we will not find out how to provide more electricity or how to clean up power plants, but how we could provide the needed lighting and other services with much less electricity.

The course will examine the use of energy in the U.S. for transportation, for processing of materials by industry and for comfortable buildings. There will be a focus on transportation and the potential for reducing its environmental impacts, including controlling global warming by reducing the emission of greenhouse gases associated with energy use. The study will be done from the perspectives of physics, economics, behavior, social organization and politics. The course will require a paper on an issue involving a particular end use of energy and a project on some aspect of energy use in the locality. Prerequisites are a college-level course in mathematics or economics or physical science, and SENIOR standing. The course will require establishment of minimum proficiency in analytical techniques concerning energy.

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PHYSICS 435. Gravitational Physics.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Jean Krisch (jkrisch@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: PHYSICS 390 and 401. (3). (Excl). (BS).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

The Einstein theory of general relativity provides the foundation of gravitational physics, astrophysics, and cosmology. After an introduction to the theory, experimental tests of general relativity which were performed in the past, the implications of pulsars, black holes, supernovae, and cosmic background radiation as well as the ongoing experimental detection of gravitational waves are discussed. This is an elective course for concentrators in physical sciences. Regular exams as for any elective course in physics are given.

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PHYSICS 441. Advanced Laboratory I.

Instructor(s): Timothy Chupp (chupp@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: PHYSICS 390 and any 400-level Physics course. (2). (Excl). (BS).

Credits: (2).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

This is an advanced laboratory course. A wide selection of individual experiments is offered, each covering a fundamental physics concept. Students are required to select five experiments in consultation with the lab instructor. Experiments are to be selected from several different areas of physics. Examples of experiments include the photo-electric effect, electron charge/mass ratio, X-ray diffraction, muon lifetime, nuclear magnetic resonance, high Tc superconductors, chaos, and electron microscope imaging. PHYSICS 441 is offered Fall Term and PHYSICS 442 is offered Winter Term. Physics concentrators are required to take both terms and perform different experiments in the two courses.

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PHYSICS 451. Methods of Theoretical Physics I.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Ratindranath Akhoury (akhoury@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: MATH 215 and 216. (3). (Excl). (BS).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

This is a course in the mathematical methods used in physics and is considered necessary preparation for graduate school. Among the topics treated are orthogonal functions and vector spaces, complex variables, differential equations and their special functions, Fourier series, and aspects of group theory.

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PHYSICS 453. Quantum Mechanics.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Jens Zorn (jenszorn@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: PHYSICS 390. (3). (Excl). (BS).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: http://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2002/fall/physics/453/001.nsf

This course begins with an overview of the experimental and theoretical foundations for quantum mechanics. The theory is developed and applied to simple physical systems, with examples taken from atomic, molecular, condensed matter, nuclear, and particle physics. Topics include: basics of the Schrödinger equations and its solutions in rectangular and spherical coordinates; properties, uses, and interpretations of state functions; expectation values and physical observables; coherence, correlation, and interference. Other topics include spin, the exclusion principle, and some quantum statistical mechanics.

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PHYSICS 455. Electronic Devices and Circuits.

Section 001.

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites & Distribution: PHYSICS 240 (or 260) and 241. (3). (Excl). (BS).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

No Description Provided. Contact the Department.

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PHYSICS 481. Physics and National Science Policy.

Section 001 Meets with Physics 281.001.

Instructor(s): Homer Neal (haneal@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Junior standing; introductory physics courses preferred. (3). (Excl). May not be included in a concentration plan in physics.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: http://www.physics.lsa.umich.edu/p481/nspolicy.htm

See Physics 281.001.

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PHYSICS 496. Senior Thesis, I.

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites & Distribution: Permission of departmental concentration advisor. (2-3). (Excl). (BS). (INDEPENDENT).

Credits: (2-3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

Students get introductory experience and research work with faculty, the results of which could provide the basis for a senior thesis project. If work is not completed in the Winter Academic Term, student would register for 497 in the Winter Term.

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PHYSICS 497. Senior Thesis, II.

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites & Distribution: Permission of departmental concentration advisor. (2-3). (Excl). (BS). (INDEPENDENT).

Credits: (2-3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

A continuation of PHYSICS 496. Students who do not complete their thesis research in PHYSICS 496 may continue to PHYSICS 497. If continuing, a grade of Y is given for PHYSICS 496 and a final senior thesis grade is given upon completion of the research.

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PHYSICS 498. Introduction to Research for Honors Students.

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites & Distribution: Permission of departmental concentration advisor. (2-3). (Excl). (BS). (INDEPENDENT).

Credits: (2-3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

Honors students get introductory experience with research work with faculty, the results of which could provide the basis for a thesis used to satisfy that part of the Honors requirement. If work is not completed in Fall Term, the student would register for 499 in Winter Term.

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PHYSICS 499. Introduction to Research for Honors Students.

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites & Distribution: Permission of physics concentration advisor. (2-3). (Excl). (BS). (INDEPENDENT).

Credits: (2-3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

Honors students get introductory experience with research work with faculty, the results of which could provide the basis for a thesis used to satisfy the part of the Honors requirement.

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